You've Been Unboxing Gilles Snowcat is the recent release from Gilles Snowcat. The music is funky and sort of Zappa-esque but also dabbles with other styles like reggae. I thought the vocals sounded a bit like Tom Waits if he had a French accent.
Snowcat opens with “Let Me Buy You a Drink (feat. Hetpampa)” and it has an absurdist vibe. It sounds plastic to a point but in a cool way. There’s a good amount of experimentation and it caught my attention. The production has a ’70s type of aesthetic.
I loved the groove on "Squeeze 'em All (feat. Hetpampa, Brick Bosso & Jazz House Fx)” which got more funky but again this is Frank Zappa type funk. “(You've Been Drinking) My Limoncello [feat. Hetpampa, Brick Bosso & Lunear]” is much more chill and has some influence from reggae but this is by no means a straightforward song. The vocals are Leonard Cohen like in his later years which gives the song a welcome dose of melancholy. There are some very lush and beautiful moments as well.
"Sleep-in Closet (feat. Hetpampa & Brick Bosso)” is a slick jazzy number with Pink Floyd style guitar. The vocals are more spoken word at points and it fits perfectly with his deep baritone. “This Place Is Empty (feat. Hetpampa, Midrone, Maz & Mister Dumont)” is a great song. It’s warm, intimate, melancholy but provides solace. The song felt a little more sincere rather than absurd.
“Hot Towel (From That Funky Hotel) [feat. Sousbock, Midrone, Brick Bosso & Hetpampa]” brings back some of the reggae style rhythm and feels like the perfect song to follow the more intimate and warm mood. “We See Limes -Interlude- (feat. Sousbock, Hetpampa & Brick Bosso)” is a short interlude as it mentions but not a filler either. He ends with a string instrumental entitled “Tulips Trap (Grand Finale) [feat. Lunear, Brick Bosso & Jazz House Fx]” and actually the first time I was thinking prog-rock in the spirit of the band Yes.
This album was a fun but also occasionally heartfelt listen. I think if you enjoy any of the aforementioned artists you should test this out.
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